Esau shocked by reed houses at Aussenkehr

24 Feb 2019 15:20pm
AUSSENKEHR, 24 FEB (NAMPA) – Chairperson of the Swapo leaders assigned to the //Kharas Region, Bernhardt Esau said he is shocked that people still live in shacks and reed houses at Aussenkehr.
Esau who was speaking at the Swapo Party Regional Executive Committee meeting here on Saturday, said it is sad that after almost two decades since visiting the settlement, people still stay in shacks and reed houses.
“In 1999 when I visited this place with the Founding Father (Sam Nujoma), there were plans to develop the land, there were town planners here and I was under the impression that this place is developed and people do not live like this; I am shocked,” he said.
Esau said it is sad that the people that vote leaders into power have to live in such extreme poverty, adding that something needs to be done and very soon to improve the living standard of the people in Aussenkehr.
“The situation is still the same, the place that was supposed to be developed is only serviced, and those infrastructures that are there are left to be vandalised. We need to interrogate this matter and come to a conclusion, we have to change the state of affairs of our people,” urged Esau.
Other newly-assigned party members to the region are Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Maureen Hinda-Mbuende and Member of Parliament, Eliphas Ndingara.
The meeting was for them and senior party members in the region to familiarise themselves with the situation and living conditions of the residents of Aussenkehr.
//Kharas Swapo regional coordinator, Matheus Mumbala asked the regional council to clarify if Aussenkehr was proclaimed a settlement, demanding that if so, a settlement office should be open.
“If it is proclaimed as settlement, open an office to deliver services and speed up the necessary infrastructures needed in the area such as houses, clean water and electricity,” he said.
Ahead of the meeting, the assigned officials were taken on a familiarisation visit into the village - visiting the water purification system plant constructed at a cost of N.dollars 8.8 million and two sample houses built for workers by the regional council for N.dollars 400 000, of which both buildings are completely vandalised.
An argument arose between the regional councillors and the regional coordinator, as Mumbala said the regional councillors are to blame for the vandalisation of the building.
“You take money from the regional council and travel around this region to visit these projects and you do not do anything, the regional council management committee must account, must answer,” an angry Mumbala said.
However, the councillors said it is not their job to take care of the projects - that is administration work for administrators.
Ndingara then said the platform was not the right one to discuss such matters.
The tension between the politicians comes after Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga during a recent visit said the //Kharas Regional Council must account for the vandalised government buildings left to become 'white elephants'.